Few things can be as terrifying to dog owners as walking their dog down the street and having an unknown and aggressive dog run up to attack their beloved pet. At the Law Office of Kerley & Associates, we understand that Illinois residents can suffer greatly from dog bites, but so can their own pets. You may want to know how to protect your dog or cat from unfriendly animals.
The Mercury News explains that the best solution to protecting your dog from attacks may be restricting your dog from contact with others. However, this is not always possible, especially if your dog enjoys daily walks or playtime in the park. It is also important to socialize your dog, which includes training him or her on how to behave around other animals and people. The following tips may protect your dog or cat from an attack by someone else’s pet:
- Get educated on recognizing and reacting to dog body language and facial expressions, which may help you avoid an attack.
- Keep your dog leashed during walks and in areas where leashes are required.
- Remain vigilant when letting your dog play in a dog park or other off-leash areas.
- Understand how your own dog reacts to unfamiliar dogs, people and situations, and seek professional training if you suspect your dog shows signs of aggression or fear.
- If possible, keep your cats inside the home, and take measures to restrict strange dogs from your property.
If you or your dog is injured by another person’s animal, you may be entitled to compensation. Our page on dog bites explains your rights when an aggressive pet attacks.